79% Favor Requiring Voters to Show Photo ID Before Casting Ballot

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Americans believe people should be required to show a photo ID before voting. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that view is shared across every age, gender, and racial group in the survey (see question wording and crosstab results).

Ninety-four percent (94%) of Republican voters support photo I.D. rules along with 81% of independents and 68% of Democrats. Support also comes from 77% of African-American voters, despite numerous arguments over the years that the idea of requiring I.D. to vote is a Republican tactic to suppress the black vote.

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 30-31, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

The questions of voter fraud, illegal immigrant voting, and the extent to which each are a serious problem have been hotly debated in recent years along partisan lines in America.

Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters believe that too many eligible voters are denied the right to vote and that it is a bigger problem than ineligible people being allowed to cast their ballots. That’s compared to 27% of respondents who say ineligible people being allowed to vote is the bigger problem. Twenty-three percent (23%) of Americans believe neither issue is a problem.

Data released earlier showed that most voters in both parties believe the other side cheats. Most Democrats (59%) believe that Republican officials actively try to suppress the vote of non-white Americans. Most Republicans (58%) believe Democratic officials actively encourage non-citizens to vote.

Despite all this, 76% are generally confident the votes will be properly counted.

Also, Democratic Party-affiliated officials in San Francisco have recently begun efforts to register non-citizens to vote in school board elections. The Democratic Party-dominated Boston City Council is also considering allowing illegal immigrants to vote in local elections.

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